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Nta stu mari i silenziu senza fini
unni migranti morunu accussi
motti i siti, pummuni d’acqua chini
Signuri mei ma tu a unni si ?

Nta sti bacchi vecchi menzi scassati
unni sti niri morunu accussi
ca canni sicca , labbri spaccati
Signuri mei ma tu a unni si

Nta stu munnu fausu, menzu nfennu
unni i bummi jeattanu accussi
i carusi su comi ciura d’invennu
Signuri mei ma tu unni si

Unni vaddi? vadda ca non mi vidi ?
Sugnu u carusu chi vidi bruciari
Sugnu du niru, d’arabu chi cridi
chi venni ca unni tia pi rubbari

Tu chi ti pensi nu santu e puru
e da ntall’ aria mi vai a ciccari
inveci i vaddari u cielu azzuru
longa a manu venimi a sabbari

In this sea of endless silence, where migrants die like this, die of thirst, with the lungs full of water, my Lord, but where are you?Among these old, half-broken boats, where these black people die like that, with the dry meat and the split lips, my Lord, but where are you?In this false world, which is half the hell, where they throw the bombs so, and the children are like flowers in the winter, my Lord, but where are you?Where do you look? Look here, do not you see me? I’m the baby you see burning, I’m that black man, the Arabian one you think he comes here to steal you.You see yourself as a saint, a pure one, and you are looking for me in the air, instead of looking at the blue sky, stretching out my hand, coming to save me.

Food: Melbourne's Top Pizzerias

The task of deciphering through the list of Melbourne’s gourmet pizzerias and finding the elite group is far from easy. In fact, it takes more than just our own judgment to come to a confident conclusion.

So rather than simply base our critique on personal experiences, we decided that the best approach was to study up. And by this I mean reading copious amounts of restaurant reviews, expert tips, bloggers opinions and whatever other material that would help give our recommendations solid backing.

Where do you find Melbourne’s best pizza? A simple question on the surface, yet after the work taken to find the answers it is far more complex than it sounds.

Firstly, as not only food lovers but also style worshippers, we had to put aside our harsh judgments on restaurant appearance and purely focus on the quality of the plate of food thrust in front of us.

Having said this, the best of the best typically incorporated an environment that added to the overall experience of the restaurant. A setting which enlightened the experience further added weight to the restaurants argument.

One of the main things we took out of our review process was just how well the Italians cope with chaos. Each establishment that we visited was literally full to the brim, and yet the staff continued to provide excellent service and entertainment whilst appearing to be stress free. Obviously trained to deal with the heat and frenetic pace, but nevertheless impressive.

It appears that Melbourne is going through another ‘trendy’ pizza phase. It’s become increasingly common for Melbourne trendsetters to spend their midweek dates and meetings amongst the hustle and bustle of an inner city pizzeria. Further fuelling fire to the growing debate that Pizza places are more than family options, they are in fact an avenue for the new generation to branch out and use to impress a new girl or client.

Now we know that not everyone is going to agree with our decisions, and people are going to be outraged that we have left out some ‘obvious’ ones, but this is what we recommend. 

In no particular order, the Gentleman recommends the following Melbourne pizzerias:

DOC                                                                                                                               

295 Drummond St, Carlton                                                                                                                                                

Located on a street corner, a stone throw away from the hustle and bustle of Carlton’s Italian hub Lygon Street, DOC has captured the imagination of Italy and bottled it into a small but inviting restaurant.

Owner Tony Nicolini of Carlton Espresso and Pizza Espresso fame is the master of artisan pizza in this city. His focus on the importance of quality ingredients sees him import heavily from Italy to ensure that his customers are provided with the best-of-the-best.

This slick pizzeria and mozzarella bar is the definition of a happening place. There is always an upbeat vibe inside the restaurant, coupled with a hive of activity as staff buzz around the room like busy bees attending to the customer’s needs.

DOC has a basic philosophy, keep things simple. Their pizzas are never overloaded and their bases are thin and crispy, just the way we like it.

 

 

+39 Pizzeria & Degustation                                                                                        

362 Little Bourke St, Melbourne                                                                                              

+39 is neat and classy on appearance, very aesthetically pleasing, and that’s before you even have a bite to eat.

Owner Remo Nicolini, formerly part of the Pizza Espresso machine with brother Tony, has setup a sophisticated little daytime cafe specialising in piadinas and paninos, pizza and pasta. As the day turns into night, the place transforms into a more traditional pizzeria where the stuff made out of fluffy dough becomes the main attraction.

 +39 prides itself on its pizza dough which is nice and fine before it enters the oven where it comes out puffed and covered in delicious gooey mozzarella cheese.

A typical inner city setup sees the tables squished in nice and close, creating a rowdy vibe that only adds to the vibrant atmosphere.

 

I Carusi                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

46a Holmes St, Brunswick East

Far more relaxed than other inner city pizzerias, I Carusi prides itself on producing the very best of simple pizzas. By focusing on quality of toppings rather than quantity, this pizzeria has established itself for some time now as one of Melbourne’s prominent pizza institutions.

Hidden amongst the house fronts and warehouses in Brunswick East, I Carusi has developed a large range of toppings combinations that all centre around the same philosophy – LESS IS MORE.

Owner Pietro Barbagallo is the master of all things to do with pizza dough. He has created a setting at I Carusi which is far more soothing than most pizzerias in the city.

With a low key ambiance, it’s the flavour that you come here for.

 

Trunk                                                                                                                                

275 Exhibition St, Melbourne     

If there is ever a place where the moment you walk in after a long hard day at work and instantly feel relaxed, it’s right here. For presentation, quality of food, and general atmosphere, Trunk has all bases covered and then some more.

Trunk takes its name from the 150 year old tree located in its courtyard. Its spacious outdoor setting provides people with some solitude from the hustle and bustle in the city centre.

Now this exquisite setting isn’t purely about appearance, their pizza’s are right out of the top drawer.

With a meticulous focus on high quality, local and seasonal ingredients, Trunk delivers the goods.

They meet the fine line between quality and quantity, with a well proportioned serve of toppings on top of their thin, crusty pizza bases.

Trunk’s diverse range is sure to be a winner all year round, don’t be afraid to try something you normally would steer clear of, I’m sure you will be in for a pleasant surprise.

Pizza Espresso                                                                                                                    

17 Macedon Rd, Lower Templestowe                                                                                                                           

Unlike the majority of Melbourne’s elite pizzerias, Pizza Espresso is located in the suburbs a little way out of the CBD. But don’t be scared about the drive, it’s only twenty minutes away from the city anyway and I can guarantee it will be well and truly worth the journey.

Pizza Espresso was formerly under the ownership of the Nicolini’s who have gone on to open DOC and +39. It is now run by Sandra and Daniele Rigoni who have created a family friendly atmosphere inside their rather small shop which is always chock a block full of hungry food lovers.

On your typical night, you will find a team of white t-shirt wearing men turning dough into fresh crisp circles of delight.

Regarded as one of not only Melbourne’s finest pizzerias, Pizza Espresso has found praise on a national scale with some critics calling it one of the countries finest.

With their innovative menu comprising of tangy artichoke hearts, gorgonzola, pear, melted fior di latte, rare prosciutto amongst an extensive range of high end ingredients, it’s not difficult to understand why this place is so highly thought of.

I’d have to argue that if this pizza haunt was located in a more trendy area, it would be hailed as the best in Melbourne, hands down.

 

Now, I’m not saying that this place is there just yet, because it takes years to establish yourself in the bracket of pizzerias that I have just mentioned. However, I’d like to leave you with a little tip. There is a place in Hawthorn that continues to impress.

 

Pizza Religion is fast becoming one of my favourite quick and easy meals. Their extensive menu is modern and exciting. I continue to question their toppings combinations, until the slice is in my mouth and I realise that they no what they’re on about.

So whilst it may not be in the ‘elite’ bracket just yet, it’s defiantly one to have a go at. And one of the benefits of an up and coming place, similar to an up and coming athlete or thoroughbred, is that not everyone knows about it. Standby on this one.

 

MG.